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likable and congenial men i've ever known in the united states senate. i think chuck would degree. >> i do, i do. great guy. >> so before you came out, we were saying the gang of eight accomplished something rare, which was four democrats, four republicans coming together on something. you all have served together for 13 years since senator schumer came to the other body in 1999, i believe it was. and the gang of eight started to come together the friday after the election, senator lindsey graham gave you a call. on saturday morning, you saw him on your call sheet, you called him, and you said what? >> well, i said, hi, lindsay, and he said -- lindsey is one of the most effervesce sent, as john knows, he said the band is back. let's do immigration. and that was wonderful. and then the next moment he said, and i've talked to john mccain, and he wants to get back involved, and my heart when pitter patter -- [laughter] because that meant, that meant we could actually, that meant we could get something done, and that sunday we were each on different sunday morning talk shows -- >> a rare occas
of openly-gay members of congress and openly-gay united states senator and a president who stands up for lgbt rights. [applause] as democrats, our party will proudly continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our lgbt brothers and sisters as we continue this fight. as democrats we are proud that our party truly reflects the diversity of america. we should also be proud that our party made a commitment to insure that our diverse orty is reflected in our day-to-day o operations. by the way, it is no coincidence that this cycle we hired -- [inaudible] and exceeded our one-third diversity spend goal at the democratic national convention. and we have a president who leads the way. i could not have been more proud of our president more yesterday, particularly when he so eloquently reminded us that as americans our journey is not complete until it's complete for everyone. remember when he said our journey is not complete until our wyoming withs, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their effort, our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like
out of the united states senate and a clear budget out of the president of the united states, i think that's irresponsible to characterize it otherwise. and i would just say to mr. johnson, i'll give you a brief opportunity to respond, sir, that you spoke a great deal about policy uncertainty. but really it strikes me the greatest uncertainty longer term exists when you've got medicare, medicaid and social security unsustainable and no plan to make them sustainable. >> all right. mr. johnson will have to respond to that question e in writing as time as expired mr. davis is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman, and i certainly want to thank the witnesses for coming. you know, it appears to me that as we continue to raise the specter of possible default that we undermine the confidence of our citizenry, and we certainly do a disservice to our country. you know, if you're living every day with the idea on wondering are we going to be able to make it til next week or are we going to be able to make it for the next three months, i'm not sure that that's the mos
' group. i've been writing for years about criminal justice problems in the united states which have a terrific racial overlay to them. there was -- and i'm wondering where action might come. there was a proposal by senator webb before he left the senate for a commission on criminal justice which would look into what's happening with the system, would have deep racial implications in the way that it was carried out. it passed the house interestingly last congress, failed when one republican senator got up and objected in the senate. it could be done by presidential executive order. perhaps not at well, but it could be dope. i wonder if that is a way that we could begin to see some more debate on the real implications or that are both in the criminal justice system and its racial implications and what a presidential willingnesses to move on this could represent. >> i'm so delighted, neil, that you brought that up, because it gives me a chance to brag about two stories in the current issue of the washington monthly in which we address exactly that. one by glenn lowery, the eminent scho
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